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Q: Was Neo prime program given to him by the machine or self generated?

morzenwhat I mean by that is neo wasn't the only one to have the potential to become THE one. In the first matrix, we see some children already possession powers. And if the machines need this prime program at a precise moment why give it to a human to carry and then disseminate why not just keep it on...

 
1:21 AM
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Q: How large is the Marvel universe?

Jorge CórdobaI mean that in terms of the literal size. It's well known that grasping the immense size of the universe is difficult, to say the least, for most people. As such, it's normal that stories happening in the Marvel universe seem to be constrained to a small sector of our own galaxy, where even the m...

 
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2:35 AM
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Q: Zombie comedy movie about dumb college students

user73910This zombie comedy movie I watched had a bunch of high school or maybe college students as the protagonists. They go to a shop that sells occult items. One of them accidentally knocks over an urn or some other fragile object, which causes it to shatter. The shopkeeper warns them that they have ju...

 
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Q: In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, what happened to the control center crew of Spacedock when the Enterprise was commandeered?

RobertFRe-watching this scene (one of the best sequences in Star Trek!) I noticed the crew of the Spacedock's control center is mysteriously absent as the Enterprise is heading towards the space doors. Was there no night shift at Spacedock? It seems unlikely. Or did Kirk manage to lure them away, or loc...

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Q: Isn't Merlin in the Harry Potter Universe a half-muggle?

RusshiroIn the Harry Potter universe, Merlin is well regarded as arguably the Grand-Daddy Pulbah of Wizards, having a number of honors named after him, including chocolate frog cards. There are a lot of sources of the history of Merlin in the Potter-verse; for a quick rundown, this theory video does a g...

 
3:24 AM
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Q: Oddball post apocalyptic movie with suicide drug in little bags

user2609404For some reason I keep wanting to know the name of some oddball, not necessarily any good, post apocalyptic movie, which I believe is from the 80s. I remember the usual warriors and nuclear wasteland, but what made it stick out in my mind is one of the characters either sold or had little bags of...

 
3:49 AM
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Q: Is it not possible to know the nature of the matrix and yet keep living within it?

Rohit PandeyIn the comment section here: Why don't Agents take over people before they swallow the red pill? I was told that it isn't possible for someone to know about the nature of the matrix and still continue to live inside it. This phenomenon is apparently called "popping". This makes sense in terms of ...

 
 
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5:03 AM
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Q: What is the earliest example of an explicit retcon in speculative fiction literature?

LexibleWhat is the earliest example of a speculative fiction text (comic books included), where previous work by an author was overwritten to advance the narrative needs of a future work by that author? I am not looking for unintended inconsistencies (e.g., Rowling's contradictions arising from "being b...

 
5:53 AM
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Q: Where in Ireland is Miles O'Brien from?

curiousaboutirelandObviously O'Brien is Irish, but is it ever clear which city/county/region in Ireland he comes from?

 
 
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7:35 AM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Email in answer (78): Whatever happened to Perry Rhodan? by Greg Fopp on scifi.SE
 
 
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9:36 AM
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Q: Author and title aboriginal Australian who travels through space via rock wall hand signs?

mfolsomAustralian aborigine young woman can travel through space via the hand signs painted on rock walls in the outback. A Welsh young woman is jealous of this power and tries to steal it. It was a paperback and very compelling story.

 
 
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12:04 PM
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Q: Author of science fiction novel titled "Brain One."?

mfolsomTitled “Brain One” about the evolution of people’s ability to read minds and the effect it has on society, especially on politics where the deceit and secret despising of leaders for the common man is exposed. Who is the author?

 
12:25 PM
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2:37 PM
I wonder if some of these story-id questions are publishers trying to promote new books.
 
2:58 PM
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Q: Title\Author of a short story about a group of people trying to get to a rift called the "river" that is supposed to lead to paradise?

Aaargh ZombiesI'm trying to find the author and title of a short science fiction story that I read about 35-40 years ago set in a world where a rift of some kind has appeared. They call it "the River", and multiple belief systems have risen up about it, including that if you cross into it you will transcend in...

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Q: Why wasn't the complaint of Mîm published?

WadeIt seems that J. R. R. Tolkien wrote a short poem, accompanied by a more extensive prose text, about the petty-dwarf Mîm. Oddly enough, a German translation of the poem was published, but the poem itself was not. It also seems that Carl F. Hostetter was not offered to publish it in the book he ed...

 
3:47 PM
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Q: Can Starfleet return Spock's body to the Prime universe?

QueenSvetlanaIt seems by Discovery Season 3 they're aware of the Kelvin timeline. Consider the following from Season 3 Episode 9: Kovich : Consider yourself lucky to have skipped the Temporal Wars. Among the many horrible things we discovered when weaponizing time: temporal travel can make you pretty sick. T...

 
 
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5:51 PM
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Q: Short story about intelligent lobsters on a religious pilgrimage

LexibleI read the short story in an anthology in the 80s or early 90s. In it two lobsters are (I think?) among a mass of lobsters making a religious pilgrimage across the ocean floor and sharing their excitement and perspectives. If I recall correctly, the story is implied to take place on a very post-...

 
6:41 PM
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Q: '90s Movie About Teens trapped in a Haunted Mansion or Museum

JaimieI am trying to find the title of a movie I watched about a group of teens trapped in a haunted mansion or museum. The movie is a late '90s movie. It is about a group of teens in medieval costumes trapped and isolated in a haunted mansion or museum. The group of teens notice the mansion is sudde...

 
 
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10:28 PM
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Q: Old Movie about immortal guy who makes dreams come true, like trojan horse and robot dinosaur (?)

The SauralphHi wise men of the internet, I am looking for a specific movie (of the '80s or '90s I think). It was a class-B movie or straight-for-TV, low-budget kind. It was about a cop who found some guy that was immortal (could not age but could be killed by violence....how could he know???) and this immort...

 
 
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11:38 PM
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Q: What is the industry term for a early shot that identifies a movie (or television show) as science fiction, when that might not otherwise be obvious?

BuzzI remember once hearing somebody in the film industry use a term for a brief early scene or shot that marked out that a film would be part of the science fiction. For example, the films Predator (1987) and The Thing (1982) both have openings shot of alien spacecraft, which confirm for the viewer...

 

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